The Stroller, Sept. 9, 2021: Occasions within the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Parade and ceremony planned Saturday in Leechburg

Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company will host a parade to honor first responders and military personnel at 1 p.m. Saturday in the borough.

A 20th anniversary remembrance ceremony will be at 3 p.m. at the firehall, 268 Canal St. The previously scheduled food truck rally is canceled.

Cheswick to host community day

Cheswick Recreation Board will sponsor a community day celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Rachel Carson Park.

There will be music, food, crafts for children and games for all ages. Everyone welcome.

Pittsburgh Shrine to honor Lower Valley First Responders

The Pittsburgh Shrine will host a tribute to first responders at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pittsburgh Shrine Center pavilion, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick. Rain or shine.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Police officers, EMS personnel and firefighters will be guests of honor and a representative from each department will be recognized.

Music will be by Curtis and the Shakerz. Admission is $5; first responders, their families and children 12 and younger, free. Free parking is available. For details, email


Tuesday: The “Weather by Heather” program at Leechburg Public Library is canceled.

Sept. 18: The chicken barbeque at the Freeport Veterans of Foreign Wars is canceled.



Saturday: A vendor fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish center at St. James Parish, 109 Owens View Ave. All vendors needed. Cost: $20 per table; without electricity, $15. Details: Linda, 724-882-8776

Sept. 18: Tickets are on sale for the Apollo Area Historical Society 50+1 Anniversary banquet planned at Apollo First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 214 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $25. Tickets: 724-478-2899, stop in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the WCTU Building, 317 N. Second St., or send a check made out to AAHS to P. O. Box 434, Apollo PA 15613


Friday: St. Vladimir Church, 1610 Kenneth Ave., will resume its weekly pierogi sale. Varieties: potato and sauerkraut. Pickup: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Fridays at the church social hall. Face masks required at pickup. Cost: $10 per dozen. Orders: 724-339-9257, 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Saturday: Bethlehem Temple Faith Church, 1374 Fourth Ave., will sell barbequed chicken and rib dinners from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church. Menu: ribs or half chicken, green beans, potato salad, corn bread and cake, $18; extra sides, $2.50. Advance orders required. Orders: 724-335-5445

Saturday: The Tomb, formerly known as Sheep Coffeehouse, 1821 Fifth Ave., will have fellowship at 7:30 p.m. Free Lunch with Us is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Details: 724-339-8888


Today: Bingo will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion, 845 First Ave.

Saturday and Sunday: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 989 Morgan St., will have services at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Details: 724-224-9280

Buffalo Township

Saturday: A free clothing giveaway will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Evangel Heights Church, 120 Beale Road. Infant, kids, juniors and adult sizes will be available. Everyone welcome.


Saturday: Job’s Daughters youth organization for girls age 10 to 20 will host an open house carnival party from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Masons, 346 S. Main St. There will be games, food and prizes. Details: 724-355-0185


Today: The Pittsburgh Shrine Center will present a free outdoor concert featuring Heidi and the Hellcats from 7 to 9 p.m. under cover at the center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick. Gates open at 6 p.m. Seating and tables will be provided, and food and beverages will be sold. No outside food and beverages, please.

East Vandergrift

Saturday and Sunday: A rummage sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 p.m. Sunday in the basement of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church, 420 McKinley Ave.

Fox Chapel

Friday and Saturday: Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church will host a Harvest Fair rummage sale from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 384 Fox Chapel Road. Barbeque chicken dinners and mushroom sandwiches will be sold Saturday. Admission: Friday, $5 plus a donation for area food banks; Saturday, free. Proceeds will benefit local children’s and women’s charities. Face masks encouraged.


Today: Freeport’s Food Truckin’ will be from 4 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Laube Hall. Vendor fees are $25 for the first week and $50 for each additional week and will benefit Restore Freeport Community Park. Details: Jackie, 724-234-9373


Today and Sept. 16: Cub Scout Pack 553 will host sign-up nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Gilpin Park pavilion 2 in Gilpin-Leechburg Park, Park Road. Details: Adam Spiering, 412-889-1295 or

Today: Gilpin Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo at 7:15 p.m. at the firehall, 113 Firehall Road.

Tuesday: An American Red Cross Blood community blood drive will be from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Gilpin Volunteer Fire Hall, 113 Fire Hall Road. Appointments: 800-733-2767 or visit and use sponsor code GTVFD


Friday: Natrona Heights Veterans of Foreign Wars will have bingo at 7 p.m. at the post, 894 Veterans Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be specials, a 50/50 raffle and final game jackpot.

Saturday: The Diaper Pantry at Christ Our Hope Anglican Church, Harrison, will distribute diapers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 926 Painter Ave., and at Sheldon Park, both in Natrona Heights. Recipients must drive up and remain in their vehicles. First-time recipients must provide present their own identification, the child’s birth certificate and a current WIC or SNAP card.

Monday: Allegheny Family Network and Powered by Love will sponsor a Working Parent to Parent Support Group from 6 to 8 p.m. at Allegheny Family Network North office, 1600 Pacific Ave., suite 10. In person and online attendance available. Childcare and refreshments provided. Registration required by Monday. Registration: Jean Ericsson, 724-594-5968

Sept. 17: Community Library of Allegheny Valley will host, “Discovering Family Roots: Extra! Extra! Finding Your Ancestors in Newspapers,” at 1 p.m. in the library, 1522 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights. Pamela Israel, genealogist from “Unlock Your History,” will be the speaker. Reservations and face masks required. Reservations:

Sept. 25: Community Library of Allegheny Valley is selling “Love Your Library” T-shirts at Cost: $19.99; youth shirts, $17.99. Those who purchase a shirt can come from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 to the library and tie dye their shirt. All supplies included. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the library and be matched by the Jack Buncher Foundation for Love Your Library month. Details: 724-226-3491

Nov. 6: Highlands Marching Band is seeking vendors for a fall craft show. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Applications:


Saturday: An American Red Cross Blood community blood drive will be from 9 to 3 p.m. at Indiana Community Freedom Fellowship Center, 905 McKnight Road. Appointments: 800-733-2767 or visit and use sponsor code HEROES911

Kiski Township

Saturday: A flea market and craft show will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Kiski Township Firehall, 1037 Route 56. Cost: $10 per space. Vendor information: 724-681-2023


Today: Armstrong County Historical Museum, 300 N. McKean St., will be open for tours from 1 to 3 p.m. through Oct. 31. Free admission. Alternate hours available by appointment. Free parking is available behind the building via the North Grant Avenue entrance. Details: 724-548-5707


Friday: Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market St., will offer a reading program for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. There will be a story time, crafts, songs and dance. No reservations required.

Saturday: The book club at Leechburg Public Library will have a meet-and-greet event at 11 a.m. at the library, 139 Market St. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Members will take turns choosing a book each month to be read and discussed. Details: 724-236-0080

Saturday: Leechburg Area Museum, 118 First St., will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Details:

Today: A New Path Al-Anon Family Group, a free, confidential program for anyone whose life has been affected by someone else’s drinking, will meet at 7 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 251 Main St. Face masks and social distancing required.

Lower Burrell 

Friday: Westmoreland County Marines Detachment No. 1416 will meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 1100 Wildlife Lodge Road. The day was changed due to the Labor Day holiday.

Saturday: The Lower Burrell Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the municipal building, 2800 Schreiber St. The Lions Club will sell brooms.

Saturday: Church of God will have a parking lot treasures sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 273 Chester Dr. Details: 724-335-4422 or

Saturday: The ClothesLine ministry at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 3084 Leechburg Road, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: clothing, shoes and purses, 25 cents each or 5 for $1. The jewelry room will be open. Follow us on Facebook.

Saturday: The Veterans of Foreign Wars will feature John Melnick from 8 to 11 p.m. at the post. Members and three guests welcome.

New Kensington

Today: Knead Community Café in New Kensington will hand out free grab-and-go dinners from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the café, 1011 Barnes St. This week’s meals are sponsored in memory of Scott Nuttal. Those picking up meals are reminded to observe social distancing while waiting in line.

Today: New Kensington Eagles Auxiliary Bingo will be at 7 p.m. at the aerie, 2134 Freeport Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. The kitchen will be open with new selections. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are required except when eating. Public welcome. Details: 724-448-7403

Saturday: Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. at their new facility, 730 Church St. There will be tours, a food truck and a basket raffle.

Oct. 9: Tables reservations are being accepted for a craft and vendor show at East Ken Community Center, 1785 Seventh St. Cost: $10. Details: Marie, 724-472-5106

Oct. 16: Knead Community Café is accepting space applications from crafters and vendors for a harvest fair set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the café, 1011 Barnes St. Applications: or stop in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the cafe


Today: South Butler Community Library will host a free workshop on pollinator gardens at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 240 W. Main St. Mary Alice Koeneke will be the speaker. Details: 724-352-4810

Saturday: Sponsor the Troops will host a motorcycle poker run at the Saxonburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, 572 W. Main St. Registration will be at 9 a.m. and the group will depart at 11 a.m. Cost: $20 per rider; $10 per passenger. Proceeds provide morale, welfare and recreation items to our deployed troops. Details:

South Buffalo

Friday: St. Mary, Mother of God Church will have a fall festival and Oktoberfest from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Renshaw Farms, 314 Ford City Road. There will be food, wineries, a brewery and dancing. Music will be by the 56 East Band. Cost: $30; table of 10, $270. Tickets: Bridget, 724-294-0089 or Jeff, 724-596-0503


Sept. 14, 21 and 28: Springdale Free Public Library is accepting reservations for Tuesday Story Times. Schedule: Read to Me, infants to 2 years old, 10:30 to 11 a.m.; and Story Explorers, ages 3 and 4, 11:15 a.m. to noon. Reservations required. Reservations: 724-274-9729

Sept. 24: Springdale Free Public Library is accepting orders for pies, cinnamon rolls, pumpkin rolls, apple dumplings and snails from The Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown. Varieties: chocolate meringue, coconut meringue, lemon meringue, apple, dutch apple, blackberry, wild blueberry, razzleberry, cherry, peach and raisin, all $10; pumpkin rolls, $10; 6 cinnamon rolls with white icing, $7; 6 cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, $7.50; apple dumplings, 3 for $8; 12 snails, $7.50. Order deadline: Sept. 13. Pick-up: after noon Sept. 24 at the library, 331 School St. Orders: 724-274-9729


Friday: Tarentum Book Club will meet at the home of Peggy Bonfiglio. Pat Henry will discuss, “The Gown,” by Jennifer Robson. The committee will be Barb Reuning, Debbie Fugate and Holly Puett.

Saturday: The Clothing Closet at Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details: 724-224-9220


Today: The Farmers Market will be open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Avenue parking lot. Details:

Friday: A food truck rally and bonfire will be from 4 to 9 p.m. at the field at Longfellow Street Extension and Route 56. Sponsored by Vandergrift Volunteer Fire Department No. 2, there will be a DJ, basket auction and 50/50 raffle.


Sept. 18: Twin Boro Apaches Football Team will sponsor a comedy night at 8 p.m. in the Eagles upstairs ballroom, 315 James St. There will be a DJ and three comedians. Admission: $25, includes beer and Italian buffet. Tickets: J.B. Schaal, 412-735-5806 or Joe, 412-337-0384 The event is part of the Verona 150th anniversary celebration.

Washington Township

Friday: Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company will have bingo at 7 p.m. at the firehall, 4078 Route 66. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and sales start at 6 p.m. Free coffee. The kitchen will be open. Players must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult.

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